Days 7 - 8: Lake Powell, Arizona/Utah
Journey through the Painted Desert to Lake Powell, a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River which straddles the border between Arizona and Utah. The amazing backdrop of dramatic red rock against the shimmery water is stunning. Take a boat trip to Rainbow Bridge National Monument or explore the many lakes, canyons and sand dunes on foot. Be sure to include a visit to one of the most photographed slot canyons in the USA - Antelope Canyon.
Days 9 - 10: Monument Valley Arizona/Utah
Rise early and journey east to Monument Valley, where monolithic sandstone rocks rise up to 1,000 feet from the desert floor. Feeling a bit of déjà vu? The valley has been used as a setting for countless Western movies since the 1940s, so it’s bound to feel familiar.
Monument Valley is truly at its most magical at sunset and sunrise, so plan your day accordingly. If you are keen to learn about the myths and legends of the area – a tour with a Navajo guide is suggested.
Days 11 - 12: Canyonlands/Arches National Parks, Utah
It’s wall to wall scenery on your way to Moab in the heart of Utah’s dramatic canyonlands. Most of Utah lies on a plateau 4,000 feet above sea level. Explore Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as the lesser known but still magnificent, Dead Horse State Park. White water rafting along the Colorado River, or a 4x4 jeep tour deep into canyon country can be arranged.
Days 13 - 14: Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Be sure to include Goblin State Park along your way today. The strange and colourful landscape is full of strange rock formations that resemble a huge gathering of goblins!
The Waterpocket Fold defines Capitol Reef National Park. This 100 mile warp in the Earth’s crust was formed over 50 million years ago and will astound geology buffs. Capitol Reef is considered the most scenic part of the fold.